Leading Point Light
Undated photograph of Leading Point Light (USCG)
|Location||Leading Point west of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the south bank of the Patapsco River|
|Year first lit||1868|
|Tower shape||house with lantern/daymark on roof|
This light was built in 1868, along with the Hawkins Point Light, to provide range lights marking the Brewerton Channel, excavated in the 1850s to provide a fixed deepwater channel into Baltimore Harbor. In form, it was like no other lighthouse in the area, a brick house with a short tower holding the lantern surmounted with a tall pole supporting a large ball, to be used as a daymark.
In 1924 both lights in this range were torn down and replaced with skeleton towers, which remain in use.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maryland". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Brewerton Range Front Light, from the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society